Car Sickness

Car sickness isn’t fun, especially when it comes to dogs. When we say carsick, often, what comes to mind immediately is nausea or vomiting. However, it doesn’t always just manifest that way. 

Your dog might be experiencing car sickness if you notice things like, excessive drooling, panting, pacing, whining or barking in the car. There could be a few reasons for this so it may help to consider the following. Have they ever been in a car before? If they have, but don’t get in the car often, are they going somewhere scary, like the vet?

The best way to deal with any fear, is to slowly get them used to it. I’d like to place some extreme emphasis on slowly. You may have a rescue, new puppy, or a car-shy dog; in any scenario, you’ll want to start before you even leave the driveway. A great starting point could be taking your furry friend out to the car, putting on their favourite song, and just letting them sit to enjoy the calm. Afterwards, you can take them back inside. Doing this a couple times a day, every day, will help get them used to just being in the car itself. Eventually, you’ll notice your dog is more relaxed and you can start turning the car on. This is going to help them get used to any sounds your car makes and any vibrations they may feel.

Don’t expect to go all the way to Toronto once your dog starts to become more comfortable. Before going on any trips take them for a walk first, if they exercise before getting in the car they will be too tired to panic. Start with going around the block or maybe even just up the road. Then turn around and head home. Once you’re able to go more than a block, start driving them to the park. This will give them a positive association and they’ll remember what fun they had. You’ll want to make your initial trips short and successful; the more you work with them, the faster they’ll be able to overcome their fear. 

If you are still having trouble you may have to stat thinking about calming products like rescue remedy or asking your vet about anti-anxiety medication.

Just remember, take it slow!

Lester B Pearson Park is huge. There are two different playgrounds, a splash pad, two soccer fields, two tennis courts, and picnic Pavilion. There’s lots to do besides walking your dog. It is right beside Laura Secord Secondary School, great for if your dog needs more people socialisation. I know when I was in high school, I took any excuse to not be in school, so I’m sure all the teenagers would be happy to give your dog a treat or a quick scratch.

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